bishop_barnesThe moratorium on the death penalty in California declared Wednesday by Governor Gavin Newsom is good news for Catholics, Bishop Barnes says in a statement, but we must also continue to support and accompany family and loved ones of murder victims who are struggling with this action.

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fr_devineFr. Charles Devine, 83, a retired priest of the Diocese, was called to his eternal rest on Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at his home in Hemet.

   Born on December 7,1935 in Los Angeles to Edward and Jane Devine, he was baptized soon after at St. Raphael Church, Los Angeles.

   He attended elementary school from 1942-50 at St. Anselm, Los Angeles, high school from 1950-51 at Los Angeles College and 1951-54 at Junipero Serra, Gardena.

   Discerning a call to priesthood, Fr. Devine joined Lady Queen of Angels Seminary, Los Angeles (1954-55), St. Mary's College, Moraga (1956-59) and graduated with a BA from Immaculate Heart Seminary, San Diego (1960-65).

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sha_decthlonFor the third time in the last four years Sacred Heart Academy, Redlands won the Diocesan Junior High Academic Decathlon. The all-day event was held March 2 at Aquinas High School. St. Hyacinth Academy, San Jacinto placed second and Sacred Heart School, Palm Desert placed third. Congratulations to all the schools, students and coaches who participated. Sacred Heart Academy will go on to compete in the statewide Academic Decathlon competition in San Francisco next month.

noriega_popeBy Brenda Noriega

 During World Youth Day 2019 in Panama, I had the blessing to have lunch with Pope Francis. I am still waiting to wake up! 

 The truth is that I am still unwrapping the experience, my blessing from heaven. One of the biggest blessings about that lunch was to now be connected with nine other wonderful young brothers and sisters from all over the world. We clicked the moment we met. I instantly functioned as the translator since I was the only fluent bilingual person in the room. I had the blessing to be a bridge between two languages, Spanish and English.

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sr_hortensiaBy John Andrews

WASHINGTON, D.C.—As she sat in the balcony of the U.S. Capitol Building waiting for the President of the United States to make his entrance, Sister Hortensia Del Villar, S.A.C., remembered the words of her sixth grade teacher at Telfair Elementary School in Los Angeles.

 “She told us ‘you are part of the greatest democracy in the world, that works because there are checks and balances,’ “ Sr. Hortensia recalled Mrs. Witham saying.

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